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White Belladonna Lily

Amaryllis belladonna 'Alba'

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White Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis belladonna 'Alba') at Roger's Gardens

White Belladonna Lily flowers

White Belladonna Lily flowers

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White Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis belladonna 'Alba') at Roger's Gardens

White Belladonna Lily in bloom

White Belladonna Lily in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  15 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Jersey Lily, White Naked Lady, March Lily


A stunning amaryllis that is quite vigorous; extraordinary white trumpet flowers emerge before the leaves on tall stems, making a bold visual statement in the garden or containers; toxic to wildlife, so critters will leave them alone; a great cut flower

Ornamental Features

White Belladonna Lily features bold spikes of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers with buttery yellow throats rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

White Belladonna Lily is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Belladonna Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Belladonna Lily will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

White Belladonna Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Garden  Container 
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features